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George Alfred Levett

Mr George Alfred Levett was born in St Pancras, London, England in the latter half of 1886.1

He was the son of Frederick Levett (b. 1860), a groom, and Mary Ann Ainge (b. 1859), natives of Cranbrook, Kent and Lambeth, London respectively and had married in Fulham in 1883.

He had four siblings, Frederick Thomas (1883-1887), Elizabeth Alice (b. 1885), Frederick Charles (1888-1889) and Bertha (1889-1890), from which only he and his elder sister Elizabeth survived early childhood.

On the 1891 census George and his family were present at 48 Chester Mews, St Pancras. His mother died in 1896 aged 36 and young George and his sister were sent to live with an aunt and uncle, Charles and Florence Waterfield at 10 Oakleigh Road, St Paul, Middlesex, where they appeared on the 1901 census. George was described as a messenger at the time. What became of his father is not clear, but it appears he may have died around 1907.2

George was married in Southampton in early 1910 to Nellie Elizabeth Marriott (b. 24 August 1888 in Kentish Town, London), daughter of George Henry Marriott and Sarah Ann Dicks. 

George and Nellie would go on to have two children: Florence Elizabeth (b. 5 September 1910) and George Frederick (b. 19 September 1911).

On the 1911 census George and his wife were shown living at 7 Chilworth Road, Southampton and he was described as a ship's steward. Also present at this address was George's unmarried sister Elizabeth, a domestic housekeeper.

George Levett was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again in Southampton on 4 April 1912 for the maiden voyage he gave his address as 7 Chilworth Road. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as an assistant pantry steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. Also serving aboard was his brother-in-law, fellow pantry steward John William Marriott.

George Levett was lost in the sinking of the Titanic and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Nellie returned to London and was remarried in 1914 to baker Charles Leonard Lansdowne (b. 23 October 1883) and had two daughters, Marjorie and Lillian. Widowed again in 1962, Nellie spent the last years of her life living in New Forest, Hampshire where she died in 1980 aged 92.

Levett's daughter Florence was married twice, first to Osman Wright in 1942 and secondly to Eric William Cato (1920-2000) in 1949. She died in Hasting, Sussex in 1991. 

His son George later worked as a waiter; he married in 1943 to secretary Dorothy Louisa Bryant (1906-1995) but had no children. George he died in Hastings in 1993.


  1. His birth was registered in Pancras in the third quarter of the year. 
  2. The death of a Frederick Levett, aged 46, was registered in Edmonton in the first quarter of 1907.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr George Alfred Levett
Age: 25 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Nellie Elizabeth Marriott
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
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